West Virginia

West Virginia (English: West Virginia) is a state in the southeast of the USA, one of the so-called South Atlantic states (the only state of this group that does not have access to the Atlantic Ocean). The population in 2003 was 1.810 million people (in 2000 it was 1.808 million – 37th place in the USA). The capital and largest city is Charleston. Other large cities are Huntington, Wheeling and Morgantown.

The official nickname is “Mountain State”. The motto is Montani Semper liberi (“Mountains are always free”).


The state has significant reserves of coal, natural gas, oil, salt and other minerals, which determines its development. The chemical industry, based on the processing of minerals, is developed. Agriculture is well developed (livestock, poultry, growing apples, peaches, corn, tobacco). However, the number of farms has been decreasing recently. Tourism plays a significant role in the economy.

Famous people

  • Jessica Lynch

Charleston, West Virginia

Place in the United States
Location of Charleston in West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the US
County Kanawha County
Type of place City
State West Virginia
Coordinates 38° 21′ N, 81° 38′ W
Surface 84.54 km²
– country 81.59 km²
– water 2.95 km²
(623 inhabitant/km²)
Height 182-292 m
Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin (D)
FIPS code 14600
Website charlestonwv.gov
View of Charleston
Downtown Charleston

Charleston is the capital of the state of West Virginia in the United States and the largest city in the state. It is located near the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County. About 51,685 inhabitants live there (2004). About 300,000 people live in the entire metropolitan area.

An important industry was originally salt and gas extraction.

The first settlement was built in 1788.

The city houses the University of Charleston.

Nearby places

The figure below shows nearby places within 10 miles of Charleston.


Belle (15 km)

Chesapeake (16 km)

Coal Fork (10 km)

Cross Lanes (15 km)

Dunbar (9 km)

Elkview (16 km)

Jefferson (13 km)

Marmet (13 km)

Pinch (14 km)

South Charleston (7 km)

Born in Charleston

  • Red Sovine (1918-1980), country singer
  • Leon Sullivan (1922–2001), spiritual and human rights activist
  • George Crumb (1929-2022), composer
  • Jon McBride (1943), astronaut
  • Jim Justice (1951), Governor of West Virginia
  • Robert R. Shafer (1958), actor
  • Lesli Kay (1965), actress
  • Randy Barnes (1966), shot putter

Charleston, West Virginia